As a flourishing country, the United States of America has been a recurring land of hope and prosperity for immigrants. These foreigners may have been looking for religious freedom, job opportunities, escape from economic and environmental problems, shelter from war, or simply a fresh start at life. With immigration becoming larger and larger as every years passes, with it comes reasons for more legislation and new trends that are contributed by the different array of people who come together in the crucible that is the United States. The nationality or ethnicity of the immigrants vary from the Germans, Irish, Mexicans, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese. While there are many cases of immigrants to the United States, they are not always honest, there is always the issues of illegal immigration, that is believed to threaten the American society, “Americans perceived that the large number of immigrants from ethnically, religiously, and culturally different places
The United States is a country that was built on immigration. The first settlers, Native Americans, represent less than 2% of the total population; the remaining 98% of the population are immigrants or decedents of immigrants. Today, the US still has the highest immigration rate in the world with 757,434 naturalizations in the 2012 fiscal year only (US Naturalizations 2012, Department of Homeland security). People try to immigrate to the United States for many reasons. Some people immigrate because they have been granted a refugee status or asylum and other people immigrate to fulfill their dreams. Immigration has an effect on the American society and economy. The US cannot survive without immigrants.
Throughout the history of the United States immigration has become apart of our country’s fabric which, began centuries ago. Only to become a hot topic in the US in recent years with its primary focus being illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration is when people enter a country without government permission. As of 2008 the Center for Immigration Studies estimated that there are 11 million illegal immigrants in the US which is down from 2007‘s 12.5 million people. Although the Center for Immigration Studies estimates are very different from other estimates that range from 7 to 20 million. While the Pew Hispanic Center estimated in March of 2009 there are 11.1 million illegal immigrants and that number is from March 2007’s peak of 12
U.S. immigration policy has always been an important topic debated by Presidential candidates for decades. Immigration reform has been ignored by Congress, leaving decisions up to the President and Supreme Court. In the meantime, the hopes of about eleven million illegal immigrants in the U.S., as well as future rules for legal immigration, rest on the shoulders of those decision makers. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both agree that changes to U.S. immigration policy are needed; however, Donald Trump is taking a radical approach suggesting mass deportation and completely revamping U.S. immigration policy, whereas, Hillary Clinton is overlooking some issues and wants to continue to support the policy set forth by the Obama Administration. Regardless of who becomes President, they will have a hard time getting these issues passed through Congress.
Debate over immigration and immigration policy is not new to the nation's history. For a long time, Congress debated legislation to control the immigration problem. As immigration rises and hatred grows more laws will be carried out trying to release some of the pressure. Immigrants offer cheaper labor to businesses. Immigrants do not get minimum wage, but instead they get paid lower, this gives the business an edge over other competitors.
We are now in the 21st century and like the beginning of the 20th century the United States finds itself in the throes of a period of mass immigration. More then one million immigrants enter the Unites States, both legally and illegally every single year. Many argue that this new wave of mass immigration may help sustain the success that our nation is having in regard to the way of living that many American have come accustomed to and yet others believe that although our nation was created by immigrants it is time to "shut down" our borders. The truth of the matter is that there will always be issues in regard to immigration and the policies that the government sets forth in order control who comes into this country. Also now
Many immigrant children are coming from different countries to the US and entering schools here that do not provide them with the support they need in order to be successful. Schools in America that accept these immigrant children in their school should provide more support to them. Newcomers should have a counselor that could help them with problems in school such as Bullying and discrimination. Also school districts should invest money in special programs that could focus on these children to help them succeed academically in school.
There's still arguments and many citizens that demand Daca to get destroyed. Some of the cases they propose and try to stand for include that Obama forced an executive order that is not only bad but most importantly, it is unconstitutional. Another one is that the President made the correct decision to not only pause the program but also put the all the pressure on Congress so they can decide if they want to pass it or not. After all, Congress seems incapable even successfully pass anything at this point. Giving this type of incentive and this reward to the immigrants and able to do all this will only increase our problem at the border because you’ll now see thousands of more immigrants jumping the wall to reach the United States. There’s
When going into the immigration unit, I have to admit that I had very little knowledge on the topic. Therefore, I had to do a little bit more research to formulate an opinion and take a stance on the whole issue. My initial thoughts were to deport all of the immigrants in the country with no exceptions. After all, there are eleven million people in the United States who are forbidden by law to be in the country. Looking back into the history of immigration, I discovered that in 1986, Ronald Reagan implemented an amnesty policy that granted 3 million people citizenship. Unfortunately, this did not solve the overall problem in the long run because the current immigrant population is circulating around eleven million people. Due to the past failure with amnesty, I did not think it would be wise to try that again. In addition, I did not think that it is fair for legal citizens to have to pay for unauthorized peoples’ welfare. United States citizens spend eleven to twenty-two billion dollars a year on the welfare of people who, in my eyes, have not earned their way into the country. Next, I took a look at the process to obtain a green card. To my surprise, it is not very difficult to acquire a green card. I was worried that people are able to come into the country for malicious reasons and cause harm. I felt like the immigrants needed to show some effort in order prove that they want to be United States citizens for the right reasons. The only solution I could think of was to
The influx of the immigrants should have made the police department recognize the needs of being as diverse as the community. It is necessary that those who are policing the city reflect the demographics of that city. Miami was not prepared for the rapid demographic change and the lack of trust in the Cuban government made matters worse because the incoming immigrants didn’t trust those who worked for the government already. The Cubans were represented in the Miami Police Department but the mishap was that there were cops both Hispanic and non-Hispanic participating in drug trafficking. The issue that may have let this happen was the relaxed screening process that the police department started to use during the 1980’s. In order to get more men and women in law enforcement they made a quick decision to change the standards on getting into the department and it came back to haunt them. The famous police officers known to be corrupt happened to be a group of nineteen Hispanic officers known as the River Cops. This group exposed the corruption that had penetrated the department since the influx of Cubans during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The police officers took control of the drug trafficking in each of their assigned areas and by the time they were caught there were several State and Federal crimes including murder, threats that involved murder, robbery and various conspiracies. At the end of the 1980’s an astounding ten percent of the entire Miami Police Department was
Immigration has been a major uprising debate in the United States ever since immigrants immigrated from European countries in the late 1400s. It all started when Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492 by accident and took everything away from the Native Americans. Today more than one million people are coming into the United States from many different counties and for many different reasons. The main reason they are coming to the United States is for a better life, they come here chasing, “The American Dream” trying to escape the chaos of their countries such as crime, violence, and poverty. The United States is known for its opportunities therefor attracting millions of people to immigrate seeking a better future for themselves and their families. This country consists of millions of immigrants from all over the world which makes the Untied States a very diverse country and to some people diversity has a price and it comes with consequences. Critics argue that immigrants only have a negative impact upon this country. They claim immigrants are only taking away jobs and bringing crime from other foreign countries. Those who argue against immigration do not realize the importance of immigrants. Immigration is extremely beneficial to this country in multiple ways. Despite the negative impact argued, immigration has impacted the United States positively, mainly economically through its inexpensive labor, making the immigrant work force do all the hard work for a
On April 18, 1930, a young family of eighteen boarded a ship leaving their homeland of Chiette Abruzzi, Italy. Headed for a nation they had only heard about in the newspapers, each member of the family bore their own excitement and reservation. The history of immigration to the United States of America was seen at unprecedented numbers during the late eighteen hundreds and early twentieth century. Families from Italy, Ireland, Germany, Poland, and numerous other nations flocked to the west by the millions, in hopes of discovering a new life. Many sought freedom from religious persecution, unfair living standards, or a simple chance at the “American dream.” My grandmother, now 91 years old, was born an Italian citizen, but has lived the last 86 years as an American. She is an immigrant in every sense of the word, and this is her story.
In the 21st century, immigration is one of the most controversial and hotly debated topics. Thus, we have an extremely complex immigration process accompanied with extremely complex immigration laws. Consequently, reform to the United States immigration policy is absolutely necessary to continue to help build America into the most diverse nation on the planet. To reform immigration, three topics must be addressed: what to do with illegal immigrants already in the United States, how to stop future illegal immigration, and how to improve and streamline the process of legal immigration.
Immigration as a whole is not the problem of focus but instead it is the system that is in place to regulate immigration and prevent the negative aspects of immigration influencing the United States. The Obama Administration recognizes the system is broken and knows it is a big deal for the country not only are we aware of the situation but there are things we would like to put into action in order to fix the system, sooner rather than later. The Obama Administration would like to do things such as place focus on deporting felons and not hardworking families and ensuring that those who do immigrate to the United States do their fair share within the country. We believe the United States citizens are not losing their jobs solely because of the immigration but because of the illegal immigration and undocumented workers who are employed largely because they are exploited and will work for much lower wages. We see this as hazardous to our economy. The Obama administration has taken executive actions in order to try and fix the system however powers are still limited and it is ultimately up to congress on whether these such actions can be executed successfully. Such actions would include tackling immigration at it source , the border, and strengthening security, earned citizenship, streamlining immigration, and using immigration to grow our economy.
Most Americans place their pride in being apart of a country where a man can start at the bottom and work his way to the top. We also stress the fact that we are “all created equal” with “certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” (Jefferson 45) During the early 1900s white Americans picked and chose who they saw fit to live in America and become an American. “Those that separate the desirable from the undesirable citizen or neighbor are individual rather than race.”